Nigeria government unviels plan to fence all national airports

By Correspondent Chinyere Ogbonna – The Federal Government of Nigeria says it will complete the fencing of five other airports by December this year to enhance security at the facilities.

The Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Fidelia Njeze, made the Federal Governments plan known while fielding questions with journalists in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Mrs Fidelia Njeze made the declaration while inaugurating the expanded apron, perimeter fence and perimeter road at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

She said the airports to be fenced are Minna, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt, Yola and Enugu adding that the second phase of the project would involve the Owerri Airport and would begin in 2012.

Mrs Njeze said it was not only the Abuja airport that would be fenced, noting that other airports across the country would benefit to shield them from security threats.

“This is not the only airport we are fencing.  We are fencing five more airports. We are fencing Minna, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt, Yola and Enugu, then Owerri too.

“And we have come to the full realization. that we need to fence these airports to prevent encroachment by animals and human beings.

The Minister who explained the security threats especially in the face of global terrorism, therefore stressed the need to have airports in the country secured and to also ensure that the traveling masses have confidence in the facilities provide.’

She also inaugurated the National Weather Forecasting and Climate Research Center at the Abuja airport.